The “Tick tock” video made me remember one of “The Simpsons” famous episodes in which Homer, after eating sushi made from the fish “fugu”, was told that he may have been poisoned. Homer quickly goes to the hospital, where the Doctor informs him that he is indeed very likely to die. The doctor says that nothing can be done for him and he’s going to expect five stages before dying. The first stage is denial: No way, some mistake must have been made. I'm too young to die. I'm not ready to die. The second is anger: You are out of control. Anger is directed at everyone and no one in particular. After that, comes bargaining: You are willing now to promise to do specific things provided that you are given more time. Then depression: You are fully aware that death is inevitable. Finally acceptance: You become more tired and weak. You realize the battle is almost over.
Homer does not die in the end and the episode has a happy ending but I am really convinced that these five stages are very close to what it must be like in real life.
Anyway, we should be aware of who we are or which lifestyle we would like to lead, no matter what that entails or what people say.
I could easily send a funny message to my friends saying: “Hello fellows, it may sound weird but it’s not a joke, I've been just informed that I am going to kick the bucket in a few minutes. Have a good rest of your lives. I will be looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Bye.”
However, I strongly believe that all of us would eventually react in a very different way to what we think right now, considering that this is a hypothetical situation, not the real think.